Directed by Dee McLachlan
Written by James S. Abrams
Produced by Veronica Sive
Starring David Arquette, Jackson Gallagher, Kendal Rae, Belinda McClory, Christopher Kirby, Ben Steel, Victoria Liu, Edwina Royce, Matthew Connell, Eliza D’Souza, Anna Burgess, Matt Callan and Michael Shanahan
The Wheel is an Australian sci-fi action movie directed by Dee McLachlan. Filmed primarily at Melbourne’s Dockland Studios, The Wheel takes the director of 2007’s acclaimed movie about human trafficking The Jammed to new territory, turning her attention away from the gritty Melbourne streets to a tech-heavy, militarised dystopian future.
Under duress and with a promise he’ll walk again, Matthew Mills, a paraplegic prison inmate, agrees to volunteer to be injected with a synthetic nano-material. He wakes up in a steel room with restored use of his legs but he is in a spoke of the experimental apparatus – The Wheel.
Mills is a human lab-rat, part of the Future Soldier Initiative, a clandestine operation redesigning the human species on behalf of the military. Neuroscientists, Dr Emmett Snyder and Dr Allison Turner, control Mills’ life. A series of assailants inflict a multitude of damage to Mills’ body and torment his mind, yet the synthetic nanomaterial not only restores his damaged organs, it re-engineers his physical strength. The experiment might be designed to kill, but Mills is determined to survive – and get back to his only daughter.
However, Mills is the perfect specimen and completes a full revolution. Snyder orders a live autopsy to harvest living samples but an ethical crisis in Turner sets Mills’ escape in motion, and as they battle armored assailants, they unhinge Snyder’s rage. Finally, it is discovered that Mills’ rare phenotype is the key for precipitating mass inductions.
The Wheel is due for release later in the year. You can discover more about the film at www.thewheelmovie.com.